19th August 2019 to 24th August 2019

World This Week

The world this week is an attempt to provide worldly news to kids once a week. The idea behind this is to make them get started on reading world news but it’s written in a child friendly manner and explains some concepts too

Abhinandan Pilot freed by Pakistan

Abhinandan Varthaman, IAF pilot Wing Commander who was captured by Pakistan, has been handed over to officials of the Indian High Commission at Wagah border near Lahore on the evening of March 1 st 2019. Pakistan had detained him following a fierce engagement between air forces of the two sides along the Line of Control when his MiG 21 fighter jet was downed on February 27. "Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been handed over to us. He will now be taken for a detailed medical checkup because he had to eject from an aircraft. The IAF is happy to have…

Mammal extinction in Australia

A small brown rat which lived on a tiny island off northern Australia is the world's first mammal known to have become extinct due to "human-induced climate change". The Bramble Cay melomys inhabited a small coral island on the Great Barrier Reef, measuring about five hectares (12 acres) and located in the Torres Strait, between Queensland state and Papua New Guinea. The mammal had not been seen for almost 10 years and was initially pronounced extinct after "exhaustive" conservation efforts failed, according to a report published by the University of Queensland in 2016. That finding was confirmed by the Australian…

Balakot Attack – India Strikes back

Indian fighter jets crossed the Line of Control before dawn on Tuesday, 26th February and carried out "non-military, pre-emptive air strikes" within Pakistan to target a training camp of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, in the biggest escalation between the two countries in decades. This was in response to Jaish-e-Mohammed's attack on 40 soldiers in Pulwama, in the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir on Feb 14th. 2019 Indian Air Force fighter jets struck the biggest camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, in Balakot, killing over 300 terrorists including Jaish chief Masood Azhar's brother-in-law, sources said. Hours after India confirmed the air…

Fire in Bandipur Forest

A major fire in Karnataka's Bandipur Tiger Reserve that began on Thursday, February 21 st , has now spread to an area of over 8 km. Five days since the fire started in Barekatte and Guddakare regions of the reserve, thousands of acres of forest land have been damaged apart from loss of flora and fauna. Hundreds of forest department officials along with local volunteers have been trying to douse the fire. However, strong winds and dry grass have aided the fire to spread towards the roads on National Highway 67. NH 67, which connects Ooty to Mysore had to…

Opportunity Rover – the robot that stayed on Mars says it’s final Goodbye

13 th February 2019 was the last day for the rover Opportunity launched by NASA on the surface of Mars. This NASA rover was even older than Facebook. The Opportunity mission — which touched down on Mars on Jan. 25, 2004, a few weeks before Facebook was created— kept rolling for more than 14 years. It survived obstacles such as a sand trap and a difficult wheel before a sand storm cut off its power supply forever in August 2018. Silent since the giant dust storm in August 2018, the rover was the longest-lasting robot on another planet ever. It explored the…